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In Defense of Including ‘Unmasking’ Protections in Law

The effort to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) may turn on a partisan fight over the “unmasking” rules that govern the disclosure of U.S. person identities in intelligence reports. Both the House intelligence and judiciary committees have proposed to write those rules into law for the first time. Speaking for many House Democrats, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) decried the changes as “all in service of the utter B.S.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Draft 702 Reauthorization Bill

Below is the newly released draft bill to reauthorize Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) that Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, reported. The bill would extend the authorization for eight years. The committee plans to mark up the bill in a closed session on Oct. 24.

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Reform Section 702 to Maintain Fourth Amendment Principles

Lawfare editors Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes recently criticized efforts to reform Section 702 of FISA before it expires at the end of 2017. Based on our own experience with Section 702, we respectfully disagree. There are compelling reasons to reform Section 702, notably the principles of the Fourth Amendment.

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Don't Reform Section 702 Just for the Sake of Reform

Last week on our Foreign Policy feed, we wrote about how the USA Liberty Act, which is the House Judiciary Committee's proposal to reauthorize the Section 702 surveillance program, takes for granted that a "clean reauthorization" is impossible and imposes reforms for the sake of reform. The piece begins:

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The USA Liberty Act: House Judiciary’s Proposed Reauthorization of Section 702

Last week, members of the the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) introduced the “Uniting and Strengthening American Liberty Act of 2017,” known as the “USA Liberty Act.” A discussion draft of the bill had been circulating since a few days prior to introduction.

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Livestream: Heritage Hosts Coats, Rogers and Wray on Section 702 Reauthorization

On October 13, the Heritage Foundation will be hosting a live event to discuss the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Section 702. Entitled “Renewal of FISA’s Section 702: Why America Needs the Provision,” the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an address from the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats.

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